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    Grind somebody up

    In this text from the NYT, what does grind up mean?

    “The city [New York] had been grinding us up, and decimating our bank accounts”.
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    Re: Grind somebody up

    In this context it means something like 'draining their emotional, physical, and financial resources'. They were getting tired of being (possibly living) in NYC, because it was taking an emotional and financial toll on them.
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